Special Report-US Pressures Germany on NordStream2 Pipeline

Democratic and Republican senators threaten to sanction the German port of Mukran for providing logistical support for the NordStream2 pipeline. The senators sent a letter to the German Bundestag, threatening the port with financial measures.

Jürgen Trittin, an experienced Bundestag member, said he took the senators’ letter as a declaration of economic war, and asked the German government to take countermeasures. Trittin also urged EU to consider limiting energy imports from the US. The MP criticized Chancellor Merkel for inactivity on the matter.

Trittin’s statements come as a response to a letter from US Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Ron Johnson threatening Sassnitz GmbH, operator of Mukran Port, with “financial destruction” if it continued to take part in providing services for the Nord Stream gas pipeline project.

The Trump Administration has recently set their sights on the NordStream2 Project as a means to put further pressure on Russia and Germany. President Trump criticized Germany for not supporting the NATO enough, and decided to withdraw some troops from the country last month.

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